Why Some Lawyers Are Idiots

In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, one lawyer has risen to the forefront to show his greed and lunacy.  His name is Donald Karpel. Torrence Brown, Jr., his client, was in the theater when suspected shooter James Eagen Holmes threw gas canisters and open fired into the crowd lost one of his best…

Administribbles II

In the past, I have showed you a graph noting that there are 5 administrators to one physician in this country.  Here is where I blogged first about Administribbles.  Check that out and then analyze this new graph that once again explains a major reason health care costs so much. Tweet0

Value Received by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

When we buy something we look it over and make a simple decision; is it worth what I will pay for it if I decide to buy it?  The relationship is a direct one between the buyer or supplier and the consumer. In the case of medical care this relationship was also simple prior to…

Marketing Robots

In a new study, researchers searched “online information from 432 hospitals across the country and found nearly half marketed robotic surgery for gynecologic conditions such as endometriosis or cervical cancer. A quarter of those hospitals used boilerplate copy from the robot manufacturer Intuitive Surgical”.  Wow.  Who cares about proof when you are trying to show off,…

Gunfight at the Medicaid Corral

The NYT did a nice summary into the federal government’s attempt to stop Medicaid fraud.  It is like they are gunslingers in a Western showdown.  I have blogged about this before and very much support it.  Unfortunately, it can be a problem when the government gets too aggressive and looks for petty mistakes.  Our medical…

Are Doctors Still Needed?

A survey of 1,100 U.S. patients by Accenture, a management consulting and technology services company, found that 90% of patients want tools such as online medical record access and appointments to self-manage their health care. But nearly the same percentage (85%) say they want to preserve their in-person interactions with their physicians when needed. What?!?…

Nibblers by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Nibblers on the healthcare dollar! THE PHYSICIAN In the forefront of the nibbles is the physician who actually provides some type of service which may be good bad or indifferent. To justify the extent of his nibbling he provides longer reports, shorter visits to justify seeing more patients, and he or she provide some type…

Are We Really Fixing Things by Pat Conrad MD

In the middle of my shift the other day, I encountered a patient typical to the ER. A forlorn appearing, mildly distressed female with chronic recurrent nausea and vomiting, often accompanied by a vague, hard to pinpoint or reproduce, abdominal pain. Of course, she had been the recipient some years back of a gastric bypass.…